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Get ready for extreme audio pleasure, Armitage is at it again!

I wasn’t going to post today and have been working on my crafty projects, but I’m doing my happy dance and

I’m so excited,

I just can’t hide it,

I’m about to lose control and I think I like it

Oh yeah!!!

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As most of you know already, Richard will be recording the audio edition of Hamlet, a Novel by A.J. Hartley and David Hewson.

Now, you may be sitting there thinking: OK, good news that Richard is doing something new, but an audiobook? really? what’s the big deal?

 If you are one of those people, that tells me you haven’t actually listened to any of Richard’s audiobook because holy ear orgasm!

Even though Armitage plays a plethora of characters, male, female, old and young, you get lost in the moment and forget it’s one person stuck behind a microphone.

I’m not too bothered (yet) what Richard is recording, be it Hamlet or Jill’s Gymkhana but I have a feeling Shakespeare is going to be our homeboy from now on 😉

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My absolute favorite among Armitage audiobooks (and all of them are great, so that’s saying a lot) is Lords of the North which I have written about before, and before that too.

I’ll just say that mid-way I was sobbing when something particularly horrible happened to the protagonist, but then at times I’d laugh out loud too, just to balance things out.

The CD’s  (12 hours of them) are hard to come by, but RANet is running a competition where you have the chance to get your hands on the whole set (thanks Miriam!).

Check out the first few chapters and even more audiobook extracts at RAnet.

Anyway, bring it on Armitage!

Armitage takes on the Saxons

I’m currently reading the Saxon Stories.

It’s a continuing historical novel series written by Bernard Cornwell about 9th century Britain, and you may have heard of because our own Mr Armitage was kind enough to provide his voice (and acting talent) to the audiobook version of the third novel, The Lords of the North.

If there was any justice in the world, he would have recorded all 5 books, but I presume the chances of that now are slim to none.

 I wrote a post on the audiobook when I was first listening it, but I’ll just repeat myself by saying this is a must for any Armitage fan.

I’ve heard comments that the CD set is hard to come by and/or very expensive, so I hope most of you will get your hands on it, one way or another.

The series contains the following books:

Before I move on, let me make one thing clear.

I wasn’t sure about all that Saxon, Viking, Dane blood-spilling, vengence-seeking malarkey.

It seemed very far removed from what I usually enjoy, but I’m so happy I took the chance.

It is well worth it!

Just as the Spinners weave the fate or mere mortals, Cornwell creates a tapesty of wonderful characters and events.

I have a controversial suggestion, though.

Before you read the first book of the series, start with the RA audiobook.

I know it may seem like a foolish idea, seeing that this is all one long saga, with characters intertwined, and with extensive backstories, but there’s one reason why I suggest it.

When reading the books, I hear Richard Armitage.

His voice is Uhtred’s voice.

That’s enough of a reason to start from the middle.

Uhtred of Bebbanburg

Although he’s described as a very tall strong man, wide in the shoulder and chest, with long blonde hair and a bushy beard, I can’t help but see him like this:

Uhtred, for me, is Guy of Gisborne, season 3.

Torn between loyalties, haunted by past actions, a victim of cruel fate.

He’s brash and arrogant, rude and offensive.

He switches sides like a flag in the wind.

He fights, and smirks, is ruthless, but deep inside has a kind heart.

He’s described as smelling as bad as a wild boar, but that’s another thing I choose to ignore.

By the way, I know my timeline is very off, but the heart wants Uhtred to resemble Guy, so what can I do?

Anyway, what’s a century (or three) among friends 😉

There are some parallels to be draw between Guy’s relationship with Sheriff Vasey, and Uhtred’s with King Alfred, but I don’t want to spoil the story.

Uhtred, just like Guy, seems to favour ladies that are untamed, like soaring eagles.

There are many other parallels, but I’ll shut up now 🙂

I hope I’ve encouraged you to give the Cornwell books a try, but now I’m off to finish The Pale Horseman.

I can’t wait to see what happens to Uhtred, although mid book 3 there’s a twist in the plot that left me sobbing.

I literally mean a grown woman, listening to an audiobook, bawling her eyes out because something terrible happens to a fictional character.

Oh dear, not sure what that says about me…

Almost forgot to add a little sample of Armitage reading The Lords of the North!

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